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As the new week begins, many people around the world are paying tribute to Nelson Mandela.
He helped end apartheid, South Africa's practice of racial segregation.
He became the country's first democratically elected president.
Mandela died last Thursday at 95.
Our show from last Friday covered his life and legacy.
Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer in South Africa.
An official memorial service is scheduled for tomorrow.
Several world leaders are set to attend.
Mandela's memory is being honored around the globe.
Our nation has lost its greatest son.
We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.
He was just this huge larger than life figure.
He was a magnanimous person. He was a compassionate person.
For the world, you know, there's been no leader like him in my lifetime.
It was remarkable, I mean we can sense the humor, a twinkle in his eye,
and yet at the same time there was this serious side to him.
What an extraordinary, an inspiring man Mr. Mandela was.
He was the person that, I think more than any other person in the late 20th century represents its-the triumphs of the human spirit over adversity.
He didn't cover my, and he was so gracious, a gracious man.
Very seldom you can find that combination of virtues and values and principles all in one person.
But it was all then, one man that we all came to know and laugh, Madiba, Nelson Mandela.
influenced by his selfless struggle.
He touched our lives in deeply personal ways.
I'm one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela's life.
My very first political action was a protest against apartheid.
The day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they are guided by their hopes and not by their fears.
We would ask everybody at the Atlanta to stand, please, for a minute silence in respect of the life of Nelson Mandela.
For now, let us pause and give thanks.